The Little Epicurean

Apr 23 2014

A Weekend in Boston

A Weekend in Boston with The Little Epicurean

Surprise, surprise.

I hopped on the red-eye last Thursday night and headed for Boston.  I had to keep it a secret.  I didn’t tell anyone (asides from my parents) where I was going or what I was doing there.

Out of all the weekends in the year, I happen to visit Boston days before the big Boston Marathon.  It was probably the most popular/crowded/celebrated event in the city.  (Well, asides from the time the Red Sox won the World Series last year.)  The city was jam packed with people.  It was all worth it, just to surprise my best friend.  Her boyfriend, now fiancé, had planned this special weekend to propose to her.  Of course, I had to be there and celebrate this joyous occasion with her.

Boston has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time.  This was just the push I needed to finally make the trip.

DAY 1:

  • check-in at the westin copley place

Conveniently located in the Back Bay area, this hotel is close to the Green and Orange line, as well as numerous restaurants and attractions.  I highly recommend this hotel.  I plan on staying here again next time I am in town.

westin copley place//10 huntington avenue. 

  • lunch at flour bakery+cafe

Flour is the epitome of a bakery cafe.  Flour serves a plethora of baked goods from savory bacon and cheddar scones to a rich and decadent hazelnut chocolate cake.  It’s also an excellent place for sandwiches, salads, and snacks.  You can’t beat breads made from scratch, daily.

flour bakery+cafe//131 clarendon street. (four locations throughout Boston)

dear-boston

  • visit the boston public library to check out the dear boston: messages from the marathon memorial

To mark the one year anniversary of the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013, a curated selection of items are on display at the Boston Public Library.  It is a touching, heartfelt, and emotional exhibit.  I couldn’t help but tear up as I walked around the hall.  From posters, notes, and worn out running shoes, the exhibit is overflowing with messages of love, support and compassion.  Asides from this memorial, it was nice to see hundreds of dandelions and Boston Strong notes all over the city.

boston public library//700 bolyston street. (exhibit runs thru may 11)

  • take the samuel adams brewery tour

The boyfriend and I are big on beers.  The Samuel Adams Brewery is about a 15 minute metro train ride from our hotel in Copley Square.  They have free tours daily (one every 30-45 minutes).  The tour lasts about an hour.  During that time you learn a whole lot about beer, from the ingredients used all the way to the brewing process.  At the end you get to sample some of their famous beers.  The tour guide taught us the 5 step process to tasting and evaluating beer (appearance, aroma, taste, body, and finish).  The tour concludes at their gift shop where you can purchase a ton of memorabilia and draft beers.  Also, you get to keep the tasting glass from the tour!

samuel adams brewery tour//30 germania street.

Apr 21 2014

Creamy Chocolate Avocado Popsicles

Chocolate-Avocado-Popsicles

Growing up, my dad taught me all sorts of things: how to tie my shoes, the multiplication table, and how to eat avocados. Once in a while on weekend mornings, my dad and I would enjoy breakfast together.  Whenever he could find avocados, he’d make me this special breakfast.  He would place chopped avocados in

Apr 17 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Fresh Lime Margarita

fresh-lime-margarita

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR! During my senior year of collage, Margarita Mondays was a real thing.  (Nowadays, not so much.)  I guess having just turned 21 meant Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Winesday Wednesday, and Thirsty Thursday was appropriate and totally justifiable. You really only need three ingredients to make a pretty darn

Apr 16 2014

Almond Pound Cake with Orange Chocolate Glaze

almond-cake-with-orange-chocolate-glaze

Today marks a very momentous and joyous occasion.  It has finally happened… I have gotten the website design makeover I’ve always wanted!  Thanks to the lovely and super talented Lindsay of Purr Design, say hello to the beautiful and improved site! This has been in the works for some time.  I’ve been dreaming about it

Apr 15 2014

Coachella 2014

coachella-2014

I feel like at one point in everyone’s life, music plays such an important role.  A big chunk of my adolescent and college years revolved around music.  Music brings people together, starts friendships, and provides a soundtrack to countless memories. If it wasn’t for music, my bff and I would have never been.  One afternoon

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